November 6, 2006
Pitt notes: Wannstedt still believes
In the pantheon of football clichés, one sticks out as being most appropriate for the Pitt football team's 2006 season: you're never as good as your wins, and you're never as bad as your losses. While Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt said on Monday that there wasn't anything new to glean from viewing film of the Panthers' 22-12 loss to South Florida, he did say that he doesn't think their performance in that game was representative of their potential.
"I believe we're a good football team," he said. "When we protect the passer and we don't commit penalties and we play the field position game, we can line up and beat anybody. I truly believe that."
Unfortunately for Pitt, Saturday's loss to USF was the second game in a row that saw the Panthers stumble in almost every regard. Of course, the unique characteristic about that contest was that Pitt won the turnover battle, forcing two interceptions and recovering two fumbles while only giving up three picks. In addition, the Panthers blocked a USF field goal, all of which added up to what should be a recipe for success.
Wannstedt said that there were fairly understandable reasons why those plays, plays that would normally be game-changing, were negated.
"You'd say that if you came up with four turnovers on defense and you block a field goal, you should win the game. How do you not? It's real simple: sacks, penalties, and losing possession times because we kicked the ball out of bounds."
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